I've actually have this system built for months now, never had a thought about sharing it until now.
Just some things to note
Some of the parts on this list are bought online or at retail store. While I did try to go for good deals, impatience was present during the time of ordering some of the parts, so the prices are still a bit bleghhhh...
CPU and the Cooler
Starting with the processor, it was originally cooled with a -- you can chew me out for this, it was with a stock cooler. GASPS yeah i know, I don't know what the **** was wrong with me. The 4790k was idling at close to 60c for good 8 months (you don't want to know the temp when it's under load) until I finally, FINALLY, replaced it with the Hyper 212 Evo.
While I thought about overclocking, I thought it necessary at the moment. Overclocked to 4.7 GHz and it's pretty stable af.
What's this?? Another build with a high end processor paired with a midrange GPU?? What a trash build this is, amirite? During the time I purchased this GPU, it was priced well above $200, and I was able to get it for $170 through a noice deal. The 970 I was heavily considering, but 960 runs admirably while running demanding games such as Dying Light, Middle Earth, and the Metro games with very playable frame rates at 1080p while being close to maxing out. It runs at really comfortable temperatures while maintaining great acoustics under load. Only gripe I have with this GPU is the aesthetics, the exposed heatsink makes it look kind of weird, and the cooler doesn't feature LED illumination like the cards from Gigabyte and MSI. However, this card is noticeably shorter and only requires a six pin power connection, but can still overclock like a champ.
I originally had a different kit of ram from Patriot installed in my PC, which was 8 GB. After seeing the steep price drop shortly after I finished building my PC, I made a recent purchase of 16 GB from Kingston, as I discovered recently that 8 GB is almost insufficient when running games such as Rust, which takes up around 5 GB, and these modules look ******* great, so why not?
I opted for storage with faster speed, during the time when I bought the SSD, the Patriot Blaze was a cheap option for an SSD, it performs well enough with decent boot times. The 2TB hybrid drive from Seagate is a great performer, though reliability can still a bit of a concern after seeing some of the other users who have experienced drive failure
The Core V51 was a pleasure to build in, I was surprised when the case came included with two front intake fans, and they make much less noise than I expected. It was spacious and the building experience was pretty darn good.
Got this for dirt cheap $50 from craigslist, the cables are great as they come in as stealthy black. I am aware that this is overkill for GTX 960, but the modular cables and gold rating are hard to beat when it offered as a ridiculous bargain.
Some final thoughts
I haaate how the PCIE cable looks on the GPU, it's split off so it looks really weird, but other than that, this PC came out pretty good after a few iterations. Video editing on Sony Vegas saw no issue as well as gaming most of the time.
oh god why didn't i put this under review section RIP me